A forum of nongovernment groups backing re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari is to start mobilising nationwide support for their bid next Tuesday.
Called the Forum of Non-Governmental Organisations in Nigeria (FONGON), it comprises some 200 nongovernment groups, with a membership of nearly three million, including students, women, artisans and youth groups.
It came as the forum rallied in Abuja on Tuesday, before kicking off several rallies across the country next week.
National Coordinator of the forum Wole Badmus said, “It will be a rally like no other. We have come together to rally support for President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration, because we believe strongly that it has, since assuming office on 29 May 2015, performed creditably in putting Nigeria on the path of growth and development.
“We have chosen to come out this time because there seems to be an orchestrated campaign going on across the country at the moment to demonize the Buhari Administration, in order to pave the way for the return of the same people who brought the country to where it was before President Buhari launched his rescue mission upon assuming office,” Badmus said.
According to him unless an urgent action is taken, the voices of the detractors, whom he said they believe are being sponsored by looters and those who have been prevented from turning the nation’s treasury to their personal banks, may become the dominant voices.
Listing the deplorable stage of the nation before President Buhari assumed office, the FONGON leader said the Buhari Administration is reversing these negative trends as recently revealed by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
He said, “The Administration has repeatedly given bailouts for states to pay salary, even though many state governors, including those who daily run their mouth against the administration, have still not paid their workers. Throughout the period of recession, the Federal Government did not borrow a dime to pay salaries and did not retrench any worker.”
“Had every Administration since 1999 done half of what the Buhari Administration is doing now, it would have been easier for the Administration to build on their efforts. But it is tough having to build from the scratch. The strategy of the naysayers is to deploy propaganda, social media rats and the agents of treasury looters to continuously heckle the Buhari Administration. We will no longer allow them to have a field day and sabotage the efforts of the Buhari Administration,” he said.
When asked on why the group mostly comprising of youths is backing Buhari despite his age, Badmus said what matters was his ability to better the lots of the country and citizenry and that a youth was the immediate past President that failed the nation.
Berating former President Olusegun Obasanjo for trying to stop President Buhari’s legitimate second term, he said Obasanjo attempted to spent an illegal third term after his legitimate two terms despite being responsible for about 50 percent of the entire nation’s problems.